Blog Archives for January 2015

Dr. Taft’s “Asthmalene”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 27, 2015

A product with the unique name “Asthmalene” was sold as an asthma “cure” by the Taft Brothers, physicians, who joined forces in 1868 and settled in Rochester, New York, where they formed a medicine company, Dr. Taft Bros.

“Selma”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 21, 2015

My wife Diana and I celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday by seeing the movie Selma. It brought back many memories of our civil rights work in the sixties. She was at the iconic March on Washington, and I marched with Dr. King in Frankfort, Kentucky. I also picketed the Lexington, Kentucky, federal building during the Selma crisis (along with several friends, including famed agrarian writer Wendell Berry), and I became a community organizer in Georgia. In 1968, in Atlanta, wearing a black armband, I stood in a long line and walked past Dr. King’s open casket following his assassination.

Terrorism

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 14, 2015

 

Je Suis Charlie

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 12, 2015

(on the terroristic assassination of journalists and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo, Paris, 1-7-15)

“The Imitation Game”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 02, 2015

In case the name isn’t familiar, the central figure of The Imitation Game, Alan Turing, was a clandestine codebreaking hero of World War II. He went on to work at Britain’s National Physical Laboratory, where he created one of the first designs for the ACE, a stored-program computer, and he is now widely considered the father of the modern computer as well as a pioneer in artificial intelligence.